Failte Ireland Studies EV Infrastructure
Fáilte Ireland is undertaking a study of the country’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure as it prepares for a growth in ‘sustainable car touring’. Ireland is planning to have one million electric vehicles on the roads by 2030.
A spokesperson for Failte Ireland confirmed that it has started to plan for the growth of electric vehicles in Ireland.
‘Fáilte Ireland is looking to the government’s ambitious plans for a substantial increase in the number of electric vehicles on our roads by 2030’, the spokesperson said.
‘In anticipation of this, we recognise it will change how both domestic and international visitors tour around Ireland to enjoy attractions and landscapes. This study is the first baseline attempt to understand what these changes might look like and help us consider what developments might be necessary as a result.’
In the tendering document for the study, Fáilte Ireland said: ‘The ultimate objective is to identify the infrastructure required and frequency of e-charging points to support sustainable car touring so that international and domestic visitors can travel freely and without range anxiety throughout Ireland.’
In the document, Failte Ireland notes: ‘There is a perception which may or may not be true that owners of electric vehicles have little opportunity to travel beyond their own e-charging infrastructure cluster, which if true, would be a limiting factor for tourism.’
The study is expected to include an audit of public and private charging facilities across Ireland, as well as identifying visitor attractions and accommodation sites where visitors may stay long enough to charge a vehicle.